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Environmental Assessment for Canal Reclamation at Barataria Preserve

The NPS has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) to address the restoration of functions, resources, and values related to hydrology in the Barataria Preserve unit of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve that are affected by non-historic canals, spoilbanks, and dikes, and to increase the resiliency of Preserve ecosystems to subsidence, sea level rise, and storm events. The EA is now available for public review and comment.

You may access an electronic copy of the document by clicking the document title link below. Hard copies of the EA are available upon request, at the park's French Quarter and Barataria Preserve Visitor Centers, and at each of the local public libraries listed below.

New Orleans Public Library
Main Branch
219 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70112
504 596-2560

Jefferson Parish Public Library
East Bank Regional Branch
4747 West Napoleon Avenue
Metairie, LA 70001
504 838-1190

Jefferson Parish Public Library
West Bank Regional Branch
2751 Manhattan Boulevard
Harvey, LA 70058
504 364-2660

Additional hard copies of the EA will be available at the Lafitte Branch of the Jefferson Parish Library (JPL) when it is reopened following repairs for storm damage. At the beginning of the public comment period this library was closed, and the NPS did not know the expected reopening date. The hard copies at the Lafitte Branch may not become available until after the close of the public comment period for the EA. Therefore, the hard copies of the document at the Lafitte Branch are being provided for reference purposes only. The Lafitte Branch of the JPL is located at 2607 Jean Lafitte Boulevard, Lafitte, LA 70067. The phone number for the Lafitte Branch is 504 689-3354.
Comment Period: Closed        12/26/2009 - 01/26/2010
Topic Questions Instructions:
Comments are generally considered substantive if the commenter raises an issue or question (with reasonable basis) regarding new information, suggests feasible alternatives or mitigation measures, or provides important new information related to:

• A law or regulation
• Agency procedure or performance
• Compliance with stated objectives
• Validity and adequacy of impact (environmental) analysis
• Matters of practical or procedural importance

Non-substantive comments include:

• Factual information with no bearing on determination of significant impact
• Information not related to the issues or impact analysis
• Corrections that have no bearing on the analysis
• Editorial changes; format suggestions
• Information outside the scope of the document (i.e. criticism on existing policies, laws, guidelines outside the scope of the plan)
• Information on other projects not related to the document
• Opinions, personal judgments, grievances, complaints about the project or other projects
• Support or lack of support for a project; votes (for or against the project)

While both substantive and non-substantive comments are considered in the review of the EA and the preparation of the decision document, generally substantive comments are more helpful to decision makers.

Topic Questions:
1. Ideally, comments on an environment assessment assess the adequacy of the document in disclosing and evaluating a project's effect on the environment. Comments are most useful if they are as specific as possible and do the following:

• Discuss a particular plan element or alternative
• Identify incomplete or incorrect information
• Offer reasons why a particular alternative or plan element would or would not work
• Offer a reasonable, new plan element or completely new alternative that could help accomplish the stated goals
• Point out discrepancies between legal mandates and proposals
• Highlight deficiencies in the analysis of environmental consequences
• Provide information on how you use the park and how particular proposals in the planning document would affect that use

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